You can apply for most new liquor licences online through
OneGov - the government licensing service website. This method saves time and gives you a digital record of your application. From 1 March applications lodged online will be subject to a reduced fee.
You can still download forms and apply by post, email or over the counter at Liquor & Gaming NSW.
To help you work out which licence is right for you and which forms you need please see
which licence do I need?
L&G NSW will not start to consider your application until all necessary documents have been supplied.
Depending on the type of liquor licence you want, it will cost between $80 for a single function limited licence and $2,500 for a permanent hotel licence.
Applying for a liquor licence fact sheet (PDF, 422KB) for licence types and fees.
In addition, you must also pay an annual licence fee, and any loadings which take into account your venue's:
Read more about NSW's
Annual licence fee.
Applications are not considered until all documentation is submitted.
After you lodge a complete application, we will post it to our online liquor application noticeboard for 30 days to allow public comment in accordance with the gaming and liquor legislation.
In most cases, an application will be determined by ILGA within four months of the 30 day public submission period end date.
You can visit the
Service NSW Public Register to check the status of any liquor licence in NSW. The register provides key information about a licence, such as the type of licence, name of the licensee, any conditions on the licence, and the licence category.
Alternatively, you can use our website to search for licensed venues and find this information.
An on-premises licence is most appropriate for a restaurant.
Find out more from the FS3032 On-premises licence for a restaurant fact sheet (PDF, 300KB).
standard terms and conditions for an on-premises licence – restaurant (PDF, 322KB).
The standard trading hours for most liquor licences in NSW – other than a small bar or packaged liquor licence – are 5am to midnight Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 10pm Sunday.
Standard trading hours for a small bar licence are midday to 2am Monday to Sunday.
Standard trading hours for a packaged liquor licence are 10am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday. 10pm closure applies to Sundays.
If you want to sell retail liquor online to the public you will need a packaged liquor licence.
You must comply with the standard trading hours for a packaged liquor licence as no deliveries can take place before 10am or after 10pm.
Find out more from our FS3044 Packaged liquor licence fact sheet (PDF, 153KB).
We have an online tool to help you find out which signs you need.
Go to our
signage page for further information.
You can buy liquor signs online from
Shop NSW or by completing our liquor sign order form.
You can visit our online
liquor application noticeboard to check the status of any liquor licence application in NSW. The noticeboard is updated daily.
You can download a submission form via the
liquor application noticeboard and lodge it with Liquor & Gaming NSW.
To make a submission:
Yes. If you are moving your business to another venue, you can apply to take your liquor licence with you.
Moving your licence has more information about how to take your liquor licence to a new address.
You can apply to transfer the liquor licence into your name. From late February 2016, this will be available online.
There are 4 ways you can transfer a licence:
Streamlined liquor licence transfer.
With written permission of the outgoing licensee.
Without written permission of the outgoing licensee.
Following the death, disability or bankruptcy of a licensee.
You can visit our online
liquor application noticeboard to check the status of your liquor licence application. The noticeboard is updated daily.
You can also call our customer service centre on 1300 024 720
In some situations, you don’t need a liquor licence to sell alcohol in bed and breakfast establishments, retirement villages or nursing homes.
Read more about those circumstances where you can
sell liquor in NSW without a licence (PDF, 239KB).
You may be eligible to sell alcohol at up to six fundraising functions a year without the need to obtain a limited licence.
Find out more in our
Liquor licence exemption for non-profit organisations factsheet (PDF, 319KB).
Alternatively, you can apply for a limited licence, which will allow you to sell alcohol to the public for consumption at a function.
Limited Licence Application Form (PDF, 147KB).
The simplest way to resolve a local disturbance is to speak or write to the manager of the venue as soon as possible. However, if you can't resolve the issue, there is a more formal complaints process.
Disturbance complaints for more information.
Service NSW - the government licensing website